Mark Siegenthaler, Candidate for Selectman

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Mark Siegenthaler

I am pleased to announce my candidacy for a seat on Bedford’s Select Board.

Many of you know that I served for many years as a Selectman, ending in 2017 when I chose not to run again.  Since that time, I have continued to serve our town.  First, as a member of the Municipal Housing Trust as we guided the Pine Hill Crossing housing project through Town Meeting.  Next, as an appointed member of the Planning Board evaluating development projects and zoning proposals.  Last year, you elected me to finish out the remainder of my Planning Board term, which ends next March.

I would like to serve as a Select Board member to help our town manage our current affairs and face new challenges in new ways.

To be sure, we have basic values to maintain – financial stability, wise and prudent spending and protection of our historic town character.  We also have challenges and goals to address.

We have a net-zero energy plan to implement including reduced fossil fuel consumption, more opportunities for solar energy applications, and productive business and residential participation in energy-use reduction efforts.  We have sustainability goals to reach in recycling and waste disposal, too.

We continue to have housing needs for some residents despite having an admirable range of housing alternatives compared to many of our neighboring communities.

We also have more pedestrian and bicycle mobility improvements to pursue, traffic alternatives and transit options to explore, and continuing regional transportation issues to address.

I have worked on these and other topics both professionally in government for over 35 years, and, at the same time, as one of your local officials for over 28 years.  I have the time, interest and energy to bring that knowledge and experience to the Select Board on your behalf.  I ask for your support at the Caucus in January and in the town election on March 14, 2020.

Thank you,